The Uniting Church in Australia offers its sincere apologies to all children in the Church’s care who have suffered sexual abuse of any form, whether that abuse happened after Church union in 1977 or before that, in predecessor Churches.
Due to the work of Australia’s Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, the responsibility for Australian faith-based organisations to engage their staff and members about child safety has never been clearer.
The Uniting Church has developed a National Child Safe Policy Framework. The Framework, Implementation Plan, Implementation Checklist and more are available at http://assembly.uca.org.au/royalcommission
Congregational Safe Ministry with Children Training
Individuals or congregations wishing to undergo or run safe ministry with children training are encouraged to engage the Queensland Synod’s Safe Ministry with Children resources, which can be found on the Synod website here.
The Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia seeks to embrace a Safe Ministry with Children. As a result policies and documents are now available to assist congregations in keeping children safe.
- Guidelines for Safe Online Ministry
- Safe Ministry With Children Policy
- Safe Ministry with Children Social Media Policy
- Overseeing SMC Guide for Committees
- Church Council Statement of Commitment
- Persons of Concern document
- safety-agreement (template)
This document is a tool to assist Church Councils in maintaining a register of people within the congregation who work with children/youth. It is the document that is to be used to complete the annual report/audit to Synod:
- Register of Workers Form
Register of Workers (Excel Version) (NB: Scroll down page to locate file)
All of these documents can also be found on the Synod Website, along with many other useful resources and tools.
For assistance with any of the documents please contact Lynd Davey (firstname.lastname@example.org or 3377 9744)
QLD Government Blue Card application forms can be downloaded from the Government website here.
*Please note this Blue Card application form is only for members of the congregation and is not for Ministry Agents
Ministry Agents – Safe Ministry with Children
It is a mandate of the Uniting Church in Australia (Qld Synod) that all Ministers, Pastors and retired Ministers in supply complete an ANNUAL Safe Ministry with Children training day. Upcoming training days are as follows:
Safe Ministry with Children MINISTRY AGENTS –
Next Training TBC
**Please note that you must complete Module 1 (ULearn – “How to access guide”)
For those who are having trouble with ULearn. Fa has made a video to help.